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Jajangmyeon or Korean black bean noodles is a Korean Chinese dish that is loved by many people! I love making mine with pork belly – as the fat renders out, it adds another depth of flavor to my noodles. The fresh wheat noodles are super bouncy and chewy, and pairs perfectly with the sauce. Top the dish off with sliced cucumber for a refreshing contrast!

Of all the Korean food, it’s certainly one of the most recognizable because of how delicious it is! Learn how to make these this Korean noodle dish in under 30 minutes with this recipe!

Jajangmyeon plated in a bowl with sliced cucumbers and radish.

Watch the Jajangmyeon Recipe Video Below!

Ingredients for Jajangmyeon

Making Jajangmyeon, or Korean black bean noodles, is extremely easy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, but it brings a ton of flavor! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Meat
    • 8 oz pork belly cut into 1″ pieces (you can substitute with Pork shoulder)
  • Vegetables
    • 1 cup daikon radish cut into 1/2″ chunks
    • 1 cup zucchini cut into 1/2″ chunks
    • 1 potato medium; cut into 1/2″ chunks
    • 1/2 white onion cut into 1/2″ chunks
    • 1/3 cup black bean paste
    • 1.5 cups water or chicken stock
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt to taste
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper to taste
  • Cornstarch slurry
  • Noodles and Garnish
    • 1 lb wheat noodles I used fresh Korean wheat noodles
    • Yellow pickled radish
    • Sliced cucumbers
Raw ingredients for Jajangmyeon laid out on a table.

Ingredients and substitutions for Jajangmyeon

  • BLACK BEAN PASTE: Korean black bean paste (also called ‘chunjang’) is a salty, slightly bitter paste made from fermented soy beans to create a black soybean paste. It is a key ingredient to this dish and there is no substitute 🙁 I get mine from my local H Mart (Korean grocery chain) but I’ve also seen it sold on Amazon. This is sometimes labeled as Korean black bean paste or Chinese black bean paste, and it’s a key ingredient for making the savory black bean sauce for this Korean noodle dish!
Korean black bean paste used in Jajangmyeon.
  • VEGETABLES: I used zucchini, daikon radish, and potatoes – I like this combination because while similar, they’re different in softness and texture. The flavors of all three are mild enough to pair nicely with the sauce, which is on the saltier side. You can sub in with other vegetables like cabbage or carrots if you prefer.
  • PROTEIN: This dish is traditionally made with cubed pork belly but you can substitute with another protein of your choice (chicken, beef, or even seafood). If you want to make it vegetarian, you can use mushrooms or firm tofu and cook them the same way instructed in the recipe

What type of noodles should I use for Jajangmyeon?

Use fresh Korean wheat noodles for the most authentic version of this dish. If you can’t find Korean wheat noodles, you can substitute for fresh udon or a thick, dried noodle of your choice. Once you have cooked your noodles according to the package directions, immediately rinse them under cold water – this will stop the cooking process so your noodles remain perfectly al dente.

Korean wheat noodles in the package.

Cooking Jajangmyeon: Recipe Instructions

This Jajangmyeon is incredibly easy to make and comes together in under 30 minutes! It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and I love how simple but comforting this satisfying bowl of noodles are.

A close up photo of Jajangmyeon in a bowl with sliced cucumbers.

1. Cut the pork belly and vegetables

Start by cutting pork belly into 1″ pieces. Next, cut daikon radish, zucchini, potato, and onion into 1/2″ chunks.

2. Cook the Korean wheat noodles

Cook noodles according to packaging instructions, until al dente. Immediately rinse under cold water and drain – this will keep the noodles chewy and bouncy.

3. Cook the pork belly until golden browned

Brown pork belly pieces over medium high heat in 1 tbsp of neutral oil for 2-3 minutes to render out some fat.

Pork belly pieces frying in a pan.

4. Add the vegetables and seasonings

Add vegetable chunks into pan of pork belly pieces and stir fry until softened (3-4 minutes). Season with kosher salt and black pepper.

Potatoes, zucchini, radish, and onions being added to a pan with pork belly.

5. Add the Korean black bean paste

In your pan, create a small well in the center of your pork and vegetable chunks. Add black bean paste and fry for 2 minutes before mixing well with the pork and vegetable chunks. The sauce is raw out of the container so we will need to fry it for a few minutes to bring out the flavor. Once the black bean paste is fried, mix it with the meat and vegetables until fully coated.

A hand adding Korean black bean paste to the center of the pan of pork belly and vegetables.

6. Add water and simmer

Add water to the pork belly and vegetables. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 8-10 minutes (or until vegetables are tender). Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar, and water into a slurry.

Water added to the sauce to simmer and cook the pork belly and vegetables with black bean paste.

7. Add the cornstarch slurry and serve with noodles

Once the sauce has cooked and the potatoes are tender, add the cornstarch slurry into sauce and stir until thickened. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over noodles, mix, and enjoy!

The finished Jajangmyeon sauce in a pan

Pro Tips for the best Jajangmyeon!

  • Cornstarch Slurry – A cornstarch slurry is a mixture that is used in cooking to thicken WITHOUT powdery lumps or additional flavors/colors! This is the secret to so many of your favorite dishes that have a thick, glossy sauce. My #1 tip is make sure your cornstarch slurry has not separated before adding it in – I always try to re-stir right before! 
  • Cooking the Pork Belly – Ensure the pork belly is golden brown and you can see that the fat has rendered out of the pork. This fat will allow you to sauté the vegetables adding more flavor to your Jajangmyeon sauce!
  • Noodles – Use fresh Korean wheat noodles for the most authentic version of this dish. If you can’t find Korean wheat noodles, you can substitute for fresh udon or a thick, dried noodle of your choice. Once you have cooked your noodles according to the package directions, immediately rinse them under cold water – this will stop the cooking process so your noodles remain perfectly al dente. Drain the water well and pour the sauce on top immediately to enjoy!

Can I make the Jajangmyeon sauce ahead of time?

You can easily make this sauce in advance to make Jajangmyeon during the week! Save the sauce and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, heat up the sauce in a pan and cook the noodles according to package directions. Add the sauce on top of the noodles and enjoy!

A close up photo of Jajangmyeon in a bowl with sliced cucumbers.

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4.91 from 10 votes

Jajangmyeon (Noodles in black bean sauce)

Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Jajangmyeon plated in a bowl with sliced cucumbers and radish.
Jajangmyeon is a comforting Korean-Chinese dish made with pork belly and vegetables cooked in a savory black bean sauce over chewy noodles!

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz pork belly, cut into 1" pieces

Vegetables

  • 1 cup daikon radish, cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1 potato, medium; cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1/3 cup black bean paste
  • 1.5 cups water, or chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, to taste

Cornstarch slurry

Noodles and Garnish

  • 1 lb wheat noodles, I used fresh Korean wheat noodles
  • yellow pickled radish, sliced
  • cucumbers, sliced into matchsticks

Instructions 

  • Cut pork belly into 1" pieces. Cut daikon radish, zucchini, potato, and onion into 1/2" chunks.
  • Cook noodles according to packaging instructions, until al dente. Immediately rinse under cold water and drain – this will keep the noodles chewy and bouncy.
  • Brown pork belly pieces over medium high heat in 1 tbsp of neutral oil for 2-3 minutes to render out some fat.
  • Add vegetable chunks into pan of pork belly pieces and sauté until softened (3-4 minutes). Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • In your pan, create a small well in the center of your pork and vegetable chunks. Add black bean paste and fry for 2 minutes before mixing well with the pork and vegetable chunks.
  • Add water. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 8-10 minutes (or until vegetables are tender). Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar, and water into a slurry.
  • Add slurry into sauce and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over noodles, mix, and enjoy!

Notes

Pro Tips:
Cooking the Pork Belly – Ensure the pork belly is golden brown and you can see that the fat has rendered out of the pork. This fat will allow you to sauté the vegetables adding more flavor to your Jajangmyeon sauce!
Noodles – Use fresh Korean wheat noodles for the most authentic version of this dish. If you can’t find Korean wheat noodles, you can substitute for fresh udon or a thick, dried noodle of your choice. Once you have cooked your noodles according to the package directions, immediately rinse them under cold water – this will stop the cooking process so your noodles remain perfectly al dente. Drain the water well and pour the sauce on top immediately to enjoy! 
Storage – You can easily make this sauce in advance to make Jajangmyeon during the week! Save the sauce and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 772kcalCarbohydrates: 104gProtein: 24gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 740mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Korean
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  1. 5 stars
    Jajangmyeon is one of my favorite dishes, but not exceedingly available in restaurants near me. I really like the level of detail and guidance in your recipe. I also hope to modify the recipe to be vegan.

  2. 4 stars
    I made this tonight, and overall it was very easy. I feel like the recipe could have used a little clarification on which amounts of water to use for the sauce and which was for the slurry, though I did assume and assumed right. Overall my husband and I both liked it, but we felt like it needed something. Next time I’ll try getting the pickled radish with it, but my husband wants some heat. I’m not sure if there are spicy black bean sauces traditionally but it sounds good.

    1. Hi Samantha – thank you for the feedback! I’ve clarified the slurry and sauce amounts so hopefully that is more clear for next time! To add some spice, you could certainly add a tablespoon of chili oil to the sauce! Not traditional, but that would be so delicious!